This is the second part of a two-part article. Please make sure to read part one!
How CBD’s Anti-Catabolic Properties Support Muscle Gain and Boost Stamina:
Catabolic hormones are those in the body which cause a break down of muscle tissue. For athletes and others with the fitness goal of increasing muscle mass and improving muscle tone, reducing the levels of catabolic hormones such as cortisol is imperative. CBD oil’s anti-catabolic properties are making it the most recommended supplement in fitness regimens where increasing muscle mass is a primary goal.
CBD oil from hemp is highly preferred over the CBD cannabinoid ingested from common marijuana, for reasons we’ll discuss in more detail below. We’ll look at how CBD’s multiple therapeutic properties can benefit any fitness regimen, whether for building muscle mass or to boost stamina for runners or increase focus and flexibility for yoga and jujitsu practitioners. Whatever style of fitness regimen you prefer, muscle development and muscle recovery play key roles in overall health and well-being.
Hormones and Muscle Development
Increasing levels of the hormone testosterone with intense periods of weight-lifting is the well-known mechanism for building muscle mass, but the level of cortisol which also increases during an intense workout has the exact opposite effect. The medical term for this debilitating cortisol action is known as “catabolic”. Cortisol actually reduces protein synthesis and actively prevents tissue growth. Excessive cortisol levels are usually the culprit when those who work out diligently fail to achieve the muscle building results they expected from their rigorous fitness routines. To understand CBD’s direct effect on cortisol we’ll take a more thorough look at this naturally occurring hormone.
Cortisol and CBD
The key to understanding cortisol’s negative effect on muscle-building is to recognize that cortisol levels fluctuate throughout the day. The hormone is secreted by the adrenal gland. Cortisol levels are usually higher in the morning, decreasing throughout the day, and at their lowest at night. This explains why muscle recovery happens most efficiently while we sleep.
CBD oil taken internally engages CB2 receptors in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain, the control centers of the endocannabinoid system responsible for regulating sleep and mood. Deep REM sleep augments protein synthesis for building muscle tissue at the most optimum time when growth inhibiting cortisol levels are at a minimum. These are just two ways CBD enhances muscle generation indirectly. CBD works directly with the endocannabinoid system to interfere with cortisol secretion as reported in this study at the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
Cortisol and Stress
Cortisol levels rise significantly in response to stress no matter what time of day, so much so that cortisol has been tagged in the fitness community as “the stress hormone.” An intense heavy workout routine is the source of physical stress along with the unavoidable day-to-day environmental stresses experienced throughout a busy workday.
The stimulant effect of caffeine can cause similar responses and it has been demonstrated that as little as 2-3 cups of coffee per day can cause cortisol levels to rise. Coffee and caffeine-laden energy drinks have no place as pre or post workout supplements. CBD oil’s natural stimulating effects provide all the energy-boosting benefits without the jitters while maintaining cortisol at beneficial levels.
Cortisol and Marijuana
Intense heavy lifting, demanding trainers, conflict, confrontation, or even the stress of an untimely traffic jam or a missed flight at the airport can all generate the instinctive “fight or flight” response which in turn triggers the adrenal gland and raises cortisol levels. Common marijuana should be avoided as a source for CBD in any serious fitness regimen since the high THC content also present can aggravate anxiety and stress or induce mania which makes the adrenal system work harder. Cortisol levels go up and any effects from the incidental low concentrations of CBD found in marijuana are erased.
With CBD oil from Bota Hemp, this is never a concern. You already know that CBD oil derived from hemp has extremely low THC content, just minute trace levels of less than .3%. We know about CBD’s calming anti-anxiety and mood-regulating effects when working in natural harmony with our endocannabinoid systems. It’s easy to see how CBD’s multiple and very beneficial therapeutic effects and it’s direct anti-catabolic action all combine to keep cortisol at the properly balanced levels which can benefit our systems.
Of course, cortisol does provide some important benefits, or the body wouldn’t produce it. Cortisol is instrumental in the liver, helping to remove toxins from the body. Cortisol has other roles in the immune system regulating blood sugar levels, and enhancing short-term memory. At natural levels, cortisol is quite beneficial and CBD oil can help maintain a healthy cortisol balance.
When cortisol levels soar in response to extreme workout stress the high amount of the catabolic hormone can cause high blood pressure, lower bone density, and eat up muscle tissue negating the positive benefits of the workout. In the worst case scenario, unregulated cortisol can cause the physical condition to nosedive, the exact opposite result of what your fitness regimen is trying to achieve!
Pre and post workout CBD oil supplements can balance cortisol levels to let you optimize results from your workout time. But, as always with CBD, there is good news and more good news.
CBD Can Help Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem working under the experienced guidance of Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the esteemed discoverer of CBD and the endocannabinoid system, continue to make exciting discoveries concerning CBD and its ever-expanding therapeutic potential. Recent findings suggest that the CBD compound can engage a variety of receptors to treat diabetes, atherosclerosis, and even cardiovascular disease.
CBD’s anti-inflammation action is well-known and chronic inflammation has long been established as a cause of insulin resistance resulting in type 2 diabetes. As reported at Diabetes.co.uk “The immune system, cell growth, sugar metabolism and heart function all also appear to prospectively benefit from CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.”
When blood sugar (sugar metabolism) is regulated less insulin is present and less fat is stored. CBD from hemp again has an advantage over CBD from marijuana with its unavoidable THC content. While CBD naturally suppresses and moderates appetite, THC-rich marijuana is notorious for elevating appetite, the infamous “munchies” effect. For those struggling with high blood sugar levels, and those of us who work out to maintain optimum body weight and lean firm muscle tone, excess calories and carbohydrates surely need to be avoided. A severe case of the munchies after the workout is the last thing we need, making CBD oil from hemp the best choice for any fitness regimen.
To this point, we’ve spent quite a bit of time focusing on the benefits of CBD for muscle growth and recovery because of the significant roles they play in any fitness regimen. Now we’ll take a look at how CBD’s effects on brain and body chemistry can enhance focus and support an overall holistic sense of well-being.
Flexibility and Focus: CBD Oil and CBD Creams For Yoga Support
The fundamental philosophy of Yoga is that mind, body, and spirit are intricately unified. They are one and cannot be separated. Practicing yogis will quickly see the parallels between this ancient philosophy and the unifying nature of the human endocannabinoid system.
Functioning from the sector of mind in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain, coordinating in harmony with beneficial CB2 receptors strategically located in systems expanded throughout the body, the endocannabinoid system works to maintain an optimized state of wellness, a state of being which scientists today call “homeostasis”.
Homeostasis, Zen, and the Endocannabinoid System
Yogis might prefer the more traditional spiritual term, “zen” to describe the total state of focus and absorption that incorporates togetherness of both mind and body. Some scientists refer to homeostasis as “the Goldilocks Zone”, that state of ultimate wellness in which mind, body, and spirit function together and everything is “just right.”
CBD Before Yoga
From what we’ve already learned about CBD’s anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects on the mind, anti-inflammation and analgesic (pain-killing) actions to enhance the body, as well as its sleep and mood enhancing properties to promote a spirit of overall well-being, we can see how CBD oil and CBD creams from hemp can be the perfect supplements for supporting and improving traditional Yoga practices. We’ll begin with the mental aspects.
CBD Oil, Dopamine, and Serotonin
CBD oil taken internally directly interacts with dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters in the brain. Imbalances of these two neurotransmitters have long been linked to depression and anxiety. By increasing the endocannabinoid compound anandamide, which regulates serotonin and dopamine, production of these vital neurotransmitters is also increased. The result is a greater sense of calm and well-being, but there are physical benefits to maintaining sufficient levels of these neurotransmitters as well.
Low levels of dopamine can cause a reduction in fluid movement such as that found in those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Dopamine is required for the smooth movement and balance which are integral to effective yoga practice. Dopamine is also important for attention, motivation, and goal-directed behavior, such as achieving the zen state which is the focus of yoga practitioners. CBD oil taken internally, and CBD creams used topically to alleviate specific physical aches and pains, can help you get to and remain both mentally and physically “in the zone” which yogis refer to as the coveted “zen state”.
Low levels of serotonin are associated with impulsive behavior and in cases of severe serotonin deficiency can even increase the risk of suicide. CBD cream used where it is most specifically needed in problem areas such as muscles and joints can improve the flexibility of movement. CBD oil taken before and after yoga can balance serotonin levels, minimizing anxiety and stress response for focused deep breathing, resulting in a calm relaxed state without drowsiness. Which brings us to the final stage of our yoga session.
CBD and Savasana
Finally, after a CBD enhanced yoga session, comes the reward of savasana, the final resting posture. The purpose of savasana is to promote deep relaxation and incorporate the mental and spiritual benefits of all the previous poses assumed in the yoga session. With the various poses accomplished, it’s time to lie on your back, eyes closed, legs and arms spread with palms facing up and flow blissfully into savasana, reaping the rejuvenating benefits of the session for both body and mind.
Deep savasana is enhanced when the yoga session can be completed without the distraction of sore muscles. Streamlined movements throughout the session, promoted by balanced dopamine levels lead to better recovery. CBD’s anti-inflammatory action ensures that muscles are loose and relaxed so strains, cramps, or delayed onset spasms are prevented.
Now that we’ve seen how CBD is a most effective yoga enhancer, let’s take a look at CBD’s role in another ancient but popular wellness discipline, the martial arts.
CBD and Jiu-Jitsu: “CBD Has Saved My Life”- Pascal Pakter
Mixed martial arts fighter Nate Diaz put CBD in the spotlight when he brazenly whipped out a cartridge and vaped CBD oil after a UFC bout last year while facing a roomful of amazed reporters. Nate calmly explained, “So you want to use these for before and after the fight and training. It’ll make your life a better place.”
Nate and other athletes were instrumental in getting CBD dropped from the World Anti-Doping Association’s (WADA) list of prohibited substances. The USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) quickly followed suit and now the door is open for athletes in a wide range of sports to enjoy the training benefits of CBD while avoiding the perils of drug addiction when they confront the challenges of recovering from serious injuries.
Pascal Pakter, like Nate Diaz, doesn’t pull his punches when it comes to the benefits of CBD. The former Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter severely injured two vertebrae in an intense training session. The necessary corrective surgery left Pakter immersed in a world of pain with a seven-inch scar on his neck and a prescription for addictive opioids which in his words he was “eating like candy”. Today Pakter has turned to CBD to effectively manage his pain and he bluntly states “I use CBD and CBD has saved my life.”
Today Pakter is the CEO of Hyperfly, a successful martial arts apparel company. Pakter uses topical applications of CBD cream on his neck to manage intense pain from the damaged C5 and C6 vertebrae. His opioid intake was reduced by from 30 to 20 pills after just one day of CBD treatment. Eventually, Pakter was able to avoid the pitfalls of impending opiate addiction by eliminating the hazardous prescription opiates altogether.
Pakter and Diaz are just two of many professional athletes to publicly endorse the many benefits of CBD including its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-catabolic properties. But there is one very numerous group of athletes in which the professionals are outnumbered by the many participants all over the world who merely enjoy the favorite sport that “gets their endorphins jumping.” For those devout endorphin-chasing athletes, we have some more surprising good news about CBD.
CBD For Runners
Endorphins may get the credit for the incredible and much sought after “runner’s high”, the reward for long miles happily galloped by the intrepid long-distance runner, but all that is about to change. Recent research with mice has shown that the endocannabinoid system is the true generator of the legendary runner’s high. Running long distances does raise levels of endorphins so they do play a small part. However, laboratory findings show that it’s the rush of anandamide, the natural endocannabinoid compound regulated by CBD via the endocannabinoid system which deserves the credit for the sudden onset of the euphoric, pain-free, calm sensation we know as the runner’s high.
CBD Before the Run
As you may recall we’ve explained how supplemental CBD oil can elevate anandamide levels in the endocannabinoid system to balance dopamine and serotonin levels. CBD oil, when taken prior to running can get a runner “into the zone” more quickly when anandamide levels are already elevated naturally by the CBD supplement.
Runners taking CBD also benefit from the anti-anxiety effects. Hills are seen as a manageable challenge rather than a tedious obstacle. With CBD-optimized homeostasis stamina and energy levels are improved, breathing is well-regulated, and CBD’s anti-inflammatory action keeps muscles cramp-free while balancing dopamine at proper levels to promote smooth movement and balance.
CBD After the Run
CBD taken after the run can provide the same cortisol control and muscle recovery advantages that it does after a strenuous weight-lifting session. This may be even more important for runners. While other athletes tend to limit workout durations to 1 hour to prevent soaring cortisol levels, runners are usually just hitting their stride at that time. Best of all its mood and sleep enhancing qualities can extend the coveted sense of well-being from the runner’s high long after the last mile has been run. Deep CBD- enriched sleep augments fast muscle recovery overnight.
CBD Products For Every Fitness Regimen at Bota Hemp
Now that you are a well-informed consumer it’s likely that you’ll want to incorporate the many benefits of CBD oil products into your fitness regimen or maybe simply to enhance an active lifestyle. That being said, it’s important to use the highest quality CBD from natural hemp oil, from a CBD supplier you can trust. Bargain priced “CBD” products frequently contain very little CBD content by volume. At Bota Hemp we have the highest quality CBD oil derived naturally from hemp, available in tinctures, creams, and capsules.
CBD oil concentrations are available in 250, 500, and 1000 mg tinctures for internal dosage versatility to suit your individual body type and weight. Bota Cannabidiol Capsules contain 25 mg of CBD for those who want to precisely measure their CBD intake. For topical application, Bota Hemp’s Topical Radiance Face Cream and Topical Relief Salve contain 500 mg of CBD content.
At Bota Hemp we have made it our mission to provide you with 100% pure CBD Oil from hemp with less than .3% THC content which ensures that our high-quality hemp extracts are legal in all 50 states. We feature same-day shipping to all 50 of those states. Whatever your preferred fitness regimen may be, CBD oil to enhance your body, mind, and spirit is just a click away at Bota Hemp.